Why do my gums bleed?

When brushing your teeth or biting into a crisp apple have you noticed your gums bleeding?

There are a number of reasons why this might occur – it could be as simple as adjusting your brushing technique or from a new firm toothbrush, but it could also be a sign of gingivitis – a curable disease that causes inflammation of the gums.

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease and is caused by a build-up of plaque along your gum line. Sufferers may experience red, swollen and irritated gums which bleed when brushing, flossing, and eating. 

In the grand scheme of things, gingivitis is an easy disease to cure (or avoid) and simply requires you to take better care of their teeth – by brushing twice a day (2 mins each time), flossing daily, antibacterial mouthwash may also help along with regular 6 monthly visits and teeth cleaning with the team of experienced Penrith dentists at Tindale Dental are advised.

If gingivitis is left untreated, it may lead to more serious disease such as periodontal disease. This is a nasty advancement result in your gums becoming so inflamed they become infected and pull away from the roots of your teeth. Ultimately periodontal disease can result in teeth falling out.

Bleeding gums can also be a symptom of other health concerns. They may be related to the consumption of some medications such as blood thinners or can be associated with diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, haemophilia, or thrombocytopenia (a blood condition where your platelet count is reduced and your blood cannot clot). 

To alleviate your dental health concerns, our Tindale Dental team advise seeking professional advice and treatment from your doctor or dentist. Our qualified dentists at Tindale Dental Centre in Penrith are on hand to discuss your concerns and provide you with treatment options. Contact our reception team on (02) 4726 5400 or request an appointment online.